Who’s ready for 10 days of indie films, concerts, parties and swag bags?
As is usually the case, this year’s lineup for the Sundance Film Festival packs in a variety of highly anticipated premieres. From the American debut of Hogwarts’ most famous wizard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first feature film as a writer/director to what looks like one badass rock doc, Sundance 2013 is sure to have us buzzing in the subfreezing temperatures.
Even if you can’t make it out to Park City, Utah, this year, these are the films you’ll need to keep an eye out for down the road when they make their way to a theater near you. These are our must-see movies of Sundance 2013:
“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
This ’70s-set crime drama sounds like a familiar story — a Bonnie-and-Clyde-type couple reunites after one of them (Casey Affleck) escapes from prison — but the talent attached to this feature debut from writer/director David Lowery suggested otherwise. Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Nate Park also star.
Eighteen years after we first met the talky, loveable couple of “Before Sunrise” and nine years after they reunited in “Before Sunset,” we once again visit with Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), this time in Greece. We’re sure they’re going to walk around a lot and discuss many philosophical issues, and we’re pretty positive that we’ll love it.
“Don Jon’s Addiction”
For the past few years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been able to do no wrong. (At the very least, “Premium Rush” was different.) That’s why we’re so excited to see the boy wonder’s writing and directing debut, a modern-day retelling of “Don Juan,” co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and (yes!) Tony Danza.
“Kill Your Darlings”
Daniel Radcliffe’s big Sundance debut also happens to be his American film debut. Yes, the Boy Who Lived will show off his American accent for the first time in this murder mystery involving the biggest icons of the beat scene, including Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston).
Before David Gordon Green was the director of comedies like “The Sitter” and “Your Highness,” he made quiet, beautiful films like “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls.” “Prince Avalanche,” a remake of an Icelandic film, could be a return to form of sorts. In the film, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as two road workers attempting to escape the lives they left behind.
With this documentary about a legendary recording studio in California, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl makes his directorial debut. The doc will feature a ton of iconic interview subjects, including Tom Petty, Trent Reznor and Stevie Nicks.
Chan-wook Park has been a legend of the South Korean film scene for over a decade, and he will finally make his English-language debut with the trippy gothic thriller “Stoker.” Written by Wentworth Miller, this creepy story tells the tale of a teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska), her deranged mother (Nicole Kidman) and her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode).
We have a new rule: If 2011′s Sundance breakout Brit Marling has anything to do with a movie, we’re there. Her latest collaboration, with her “Sound of My Voice” director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij, follows a woman who must infiltrate a terrorist group. In addition to Marling, the cast also includes Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård and Patricia Clarkson.
“Top of the Lake”
Academy Award winner Jane Campion is doing something a little unexpected with her Sundance entry this year. “Top of the Lake,” the latest film from the “Piano” director, clocks in at a whopping six hours. It will play only once at Sundance in its entirety, but there are already plans to air “Top of the Lake” on the Sundance Channel as a miniseries. The film stars “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss as a detective trying to get to the bottom of a murder in a tiny New Zealand town.
Arguably the most anticipated film of this year’s festival, Shan Carruth’s follow-up to “Primer” has already generated an insane amount of buzz among the movie blogs. A series of beautiful but ambiguous teasers have us dying to see what’s next from the man behind the smartest time-travel movie of all time.
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